Jefferson County IL
You have an Elijah Thompson listed as a Civil War veteran from
Jefferson County Company F regiment 20. That was my great-grandfather.
I thought you would like an update as I sent for his records from the National
Archives. He was proud of his service as both his and his wife's obituaries
mention the fact he was a veteran of the Civil War. His real name was Elijah
Thompson Hurst -- there was an error in recording his name on the rolls.
He was born November 3, 1845 in New Market, Missouri. Served in the Civil
War on the Union side out of Illinois. Pension granted in 1920. Pension
# 839900. He served from October 13, 1864 (entering at age 16) to July
16, 1865 when he was mustered out in Kentucky. He served as a private under
Captain Milton Whinreys, Company F, 20th Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteer
Service, record # WC 1.563.384. The pension records show his post office
as Osborn? in Clark County, Illinois when he enlisted and a notarized statement
from him regarding his name as listed in the service rolls states: ". .
. that his true name and correct name is and always has been Elijah Thompson
Hurst but in some manner his name was received and carried on the roll
in the army as Elijah Thompson." I don't know why he was born and raised
in Buchanan County, Missouri (along the state line with Kansas) and was
there in 1860 but was in Clark County in 1864 but then joined a company
out of Jefferson County. There are 134 additional pages I've sent for hoping
to be able to answer some of those questions. After his service he returned
to Buchanan County, Missouri where he married in 1867 and started his family.
About 1879 they moved across the Missouri River to the Kansas side where
they lived until their deaths.
SUBMITTED BY: Marta Hurst
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